Tag Archives: Mike Steketee

Mike Steketee. COAG and hospitals: look beyond the funding to fix our health system.

Before Malcolm Turnbull and the states start haggling over hospital funding, it’s worth looking at why the system costs so much to run. Maybe it’s not just cash, but waste and inefficiencies that need addressing, writes Mike Steketee. Why do … Continue reading

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Mike Steketee. Election 2016: Beware the (very) long road to ruin

The risk with such a long election campaign is that unanticipated events can scuttle a party’s chances. And in the 2016 campaign it’s the Coalition that has everything to lose, writes Mike Steketee. Elections can throw up many imponderables and … Continue reading

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Mike Steketee. Our missed opportunity to tackle wealth inequality

The Abbott Government has promised a “comprehensive and inclusive” review of the tax system, but appears to have ignored a major issue: rising inequality of income and wealth, writes Mike Steketee. The Abbott Government committed itself last week to a … Continue reading

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Mike Steketee. Whitlam: the power of persuasion.

This article was first published by The Drum. Gough Whitlam’s sheer presence, drive and ambitions disguised some deep flaws. But his vision and achievements stand in stark contrast to the politics we often have seen since, writes Mike Steketee. “It’s … Continue reading

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Mike Steketee. Abbott faces the reality of multicultural Australia

While many conservatives continue to hold to the Howard line against multiculturalism, Tony Abbott is adjusting to the reality that Australia is a multicultural country, writes Mike Steketee. “The Australian Government will be utterly unflinching towards anything that threatens our … Continue reading

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Mike Steketee. Buying favours of politicians.

You might be interested in this repost. John Menadue   If the staggering evidence before the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption has taught us anything, then it must surely be to end the charade that democracy can function properly when … Continue reading

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Mike Steketee. Mandatory detention punishes but it does not deter.

“It has not been easy for organised world opinion in the United Nations or elsewhere to act directly in respect of some of the dreadful events which have driven so many people from their own homes and their own fatherland … Continue reading

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